Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Hello everyone!

This week’s story is Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.  It’s a great story about finding the perfect pet.  It’s also a great story to extend  vocabulary.  Discuss the words that are used to describe the animals like fierce, think of a few different words that would mean the same thing.  Use any opportunity to describe things in different ways, for instance instead of saying big all the time, say gigantic, huge, large, enormous.  It’s fun to combine words to make new ones like ginormous!

Another useful activity to extend your child’s learning is swap dinosaurs for the animals in the book.  Which dinosaur would fit which description.  Would the Tyrannosaurus Rex or Velociraptor fit the fierce description?  Perhaps it’s the Diplodocus that would fit into the meek category?  There’re a lot of independent play opportunities too.  Could they build enclosures or pens for the animals or dinosaurs?  You might want to build up a little habitat scene using some house plants for a jungle (you don’t have to add the stones).

Is there space to play outside?

10 Sensory Bases for Small World Play - Inspire My Play                                                                           Small World Play: Dinosaur Garden - The Imagination Tree

Dear Zoo: Lift the Flaps: Rod Campbell: 9780230747722: Books

Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care, stay safe, 

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence